'Charlie Watts Quits Rolling Stones' Rumor Denied
Earlier today, Undercover announced that Charlie Watts had quit the Rolling Stones, and would be replaced by Charlie Drayton, who plays with Keith Richards' other band, the X-Pensive Winos. A spokeswoman for the Stones has denied that Charlie Watts is leaving, though Undercover has not pulled or changed its story.
While not part of the songwriting team (since his driver's license reads neither Richards nor Jagger- actually, he has no driver's license at all), Charlie Watts is an integral member of the Stones, and has been with the band for 46 years. Charlie Watts is an accomplished jazz drummer who gigs all over London pretty much constantly, and the Stones is only one of the bands he's in. Seeing the name "Charlie Watts live" in a music listing was not at all rare when I lived in London, and Charlie Watts has often spoken of how he prefers jazz to rock.
A source within the Stones inner-circle says, “Charlie Watts has quit the band. He will never record or tour with the band again”.
"Contrary to a fabricated story that ran this morning on a small music web site in Australia, drummer Charlie Watts has not left The Rolling Stones," spokeswoman Fran Curtis said in an emailed statement.
However, today is the 45th anniversary of the Stones' recording of Little Red Rooster.